Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center is fully committed to providing excellent and personalised patient care. Built by highly experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the Philippines, the center is driven to help each patient achieve self-confidence and a positive outlook in life. It is the center’s goal to provide exceptional and innovative procedures to enhance the natural beauty and improve the quality of lives of patients.
With the mission to become the go-to clinic for both local and international patients, Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center uses only the most innovative techniques, tried and tested products, as well as the most modern medical equipment to ensure the quality of each procedure. The clinic is also staffed by board certified, English-speaking plastic surgeons and extremely friendly and professional medical staff who are known to take the extra mile to ensure that each patient’s visit is a rewarding and satisfying experience.
Dr. Rulf Rodrigo O. PepinoVerifiedAesthetic Medicine Physician in San Juan, PhilippinesView full profile
Dr. Rulf Rodrigo O. Pepino’s mission is to continuously provide patient satisfaction and utmost safety in providing a wide range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures and treatments. Committed to helping patients to look their very best, he uses only the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art medical facilities. He believes that looking good doesn’t have to be expensive and that everybody deserves to feel good about their appearance.
Breast Augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to add or restore the volume, shape, and size of the breasts. It may be performed using an implant like silicon or autologous fat (your own body fat). The process begins by placing the patient under general anesthesia before making incisions under the breasts. The surgeon will then lift the breast tissues to create a pocket where the implants will be placed before the incisions are sutured closed. In autologous fat transfer, the surgeon will first harvest the fat from specific body parts such as the abdominals or thighs. The fat will be processed before it is injected into the breasts. Swelling is expected within the next few weeks, and the patient may have to wear a specially designed bra for support for 24 hours for one to two weeks. Breast Augmentation is one of the most sought after plastic cosmetic procedures at Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center.
Bust Lift (Mastopexy)
Bust lift or mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical procedure that lifts the breasts with the goal of moving the areola as close to the wall of the chest as possible. This outpatient procedure is performed under general anesthesia, but patients may opt for local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. At Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center, bust lift is performed using the traditional approach that follows the natural contour of the breast. During the procedure, a board-certified plastic surgeon surgically tightens the skin and reshapes the breasts to improve their appearance, and eliminate excess skin and sagginess. Recovery can take up to 6 weeks.
Butt Augmentation refers to a general procedure of adding more volume and size into the butt. A very popular subtype is the Brazilian butt lift, which uses autologous fat transfer technique, where the patient’s own fat is transferred to the gluteal area. Butt Augmentation can also be performed using silicone implants.
In autologous fat transfer, the surgeon harvests fat usually on the thigh, back or abdomen. The fat is then processed before it is injected into the buttocks using syringes that are connected to cannulas. When using implants, the surgeon creates an incision in the buttocks to create a pocket where the implants are placed before the incisions are sutured closed. Depending on the procedure, recovery time can take around three weeks.
Cleft Chin Creation
Cleft Chin, just like dimples, is a facial defect that is treated as an asset more than a liability. Thus, the demand for cleft chin creation is currently very high. This outpatient procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the lower lip and the rest of the chin area. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a horizontal incision along the creases of the chin and removes the muscle and soft tissues to create the defect in the area. The incision, which is about one centimeter long, is then sutured closed. The stitches are removed after five days.
Dermal fillers are innovative, non-surgical cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines caused by aging, lifestyle, significant weight loss, or sun damage by adding more fullness and volume into the face. These fillers are injected into a specific part of the face depending on the client’s goal. Aside from wrinkle reduction, they are also commonly used for lip augmentation. At Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center, plastic and cosmetic surgeons take the time to discuss the best options based on your unique circumstances. Once you’ve decided on the fillers to be used, the plastic surgeon applies antibacterial agent before injecting the fillers into the targeted area. You can expect immediate results.
Plastic surgeons can add a permanent dimple by creating a cut in the inner cheek using a punch biopsy. Absorbable sutures are then used to pull the skin inwards to form a dimple on the outer skin. The newly created dimple may be present even without facial movement, and the desired outcome is immediately achieved. It’s a quick and painless process that can be performed without general anesthesia. Minimal swelling and bruising are expected. The surgeon may recommend antibiotics to avoid infection.
Eye Deep Setting
Also known as blepharoplasty, eye bag removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to reduce the appearance of puffiness, tiredness, and old age. At Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center, the procedure begins by placing the patient under local anesthesia with or without sedative before creating a crescent incision to remove excess fat and lift sagging skin. The incision is then sutured closed. The stitches are removed after at least five days. Eye bag removal is commonly performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures including upper and lower eyelid surgery.
Eyebrow tattooing is a permanent makeup procedure recommended for both men and women with sparse or thin eyebrows. A professional eye tattoo artist or technician begins by applying topical anesthetic before sketching the eyebrows for perfect symmetry. Using sterilized needles, he then creates micro-punctures on the eyebrow’s dermis and deposits tattoo ink. For a more natural look, the artist chooses the ink that closely resembles the shade of the patient’s eyebrows. The expected result is a pair of more contoured, shaped eyebrows. Like in regular tattooing, swelling and bruising are common, but they normally subside within a day or two. Medical travelers in the Philippines can take advantage of this procedure at Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center.
Full Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical process performed to eliminate signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. This is achieved by tightening weak, soft, and sagging skin that may be caused by sun damage, aging, or significant weight loss. At Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center, this is performed under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The surgeon starts by creating an incision starting from the hairline at the temple to the front of the ear and all the way behind the earlobe. The plastic surgeon then slowly and gently separates the skin and fat from the underlying muscles before the skin is lifted and redraped on the face. Excess skin will also be removed. Full recovery may take about six weeks although the patient can already go back to exercising on the fifth week.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed on the vagina’s labia majora and labia minora to correct a natural defect or to improve its function and appearance. There are several different techniques that can be used to complete this procedure, and the plastic surgeon will decide based on the goal of the patient and her unique circumstances. Available techniques include central wedge resection, edge resection, laser, and clitoral unhooding. A new technique called Z-plasty creates a more natural appearance of the labia’s color while achieving the same objective.
Liposuction Arms & Wings
Also known as bingo wings, bat wings are the excess sagging skin that appears when a person lifts his arms up. It generally occurs when he loses a significant amount of weight, especially on the arms, or the area has lost its elasticity. A liposuction of the arms and wings may be an option when the sagging is moderate. Micro-incisions are created on the arms, and a cannula is inserted to remove any excess fat, giving the arms a more toned appearance. It requires only local anesthesia, and since the area suctioned is small, the recovery period is faster. Those with more prominent bat wings may have to undergo an upper arm lift. During the consultation, surgeons at Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center will make an assessment to help you decide on the type of procedure that best suits your unique circumstances.
Liposuction Double Chin
Fat can accumulate on the chin, and it may stay there even if the rest of the body has already lost significant weight. To restore the lost facial contours, plastic surgeons at Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center recommend a double chin liposuction. After placing the patient under local anesthesia, the surgeon begins by creating an incision where a cannula, a tube of stainless steel, is inserted in between the muscle and the tissue to suction the excess fat. This results to small tunnels that collapse after the procedure, eliminating the appearance of double chin.
Liposuction Thighs (Inner/Saddle Bags)
Fat can accumulate in various parts of the body as the person ages, and it can settle in the inner thighs, making the legs appear heavier, shorter, and disproportionate. To fix the issue, Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center offers inner thigh liposuction. This is slightly different from traditional liposuction since thigh skin is much thinner. In the procedure, fat is initially suctioned before the skin is blasted with laser energy in rhythmic patterns to increase the production of collagen. This is often performed alongside inner knee liposuction for a more ideal symmetry and less visible scars.
Also known as alarplasty, nose trimming is a cosmetic procedure that aims to narrow down the opening of the nostrils. People with flared nostrils often appear to have big noses. To make the nose look more appealing and proportionate with the rest of the facial features, a cosmetic surgeon removes a portion of the nostrils’ outer base. This doesn’t interfere with breathing and may be performed along with rhinoplasty or alone. It’s an outpatient procedure that requires local anesthesia. The doctor typically recommends medications to help the swelling and prevent infection after the procedure.
Noselift Silicone Implant
Temporal facelift is a kind of facelift that targets the eyebrow area. It creates a brighter and more youthful-looking appearance by easing fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles that appear around the area. It is performed by creating micro-incisions in the hairline at the temples. Through these incisions, the plastic surgeon can stretch the skin tissue and move it to the side far from the central part of the face. It is a safe procedure though some patients may experience swelling and bruising that may be treated with a cold compress. You may return to your normal activities within two days though the stitches are usually removed on the sixth day after the surgery.
Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
Also referred to as abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure performed to remove the excess fat and loose skin from the abdominal area to make it appear tighter and smaller. This is not a substitute to a weight loss program and significant changes in weight over time can affect the overall results of the procedure. Plastic surgeons at Belle Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness Center start by making an incision typically below the belly button after the patient has been placed under general anesthesia. The procedure includes liposuction and tightening of abdominal muscles to achieve a flatter tummy. Recovery time is around six weeks.
Vaginaplasty is an invasive surgical procedure performed to rejuvenate and tighten the vagina to increase friction during penile penetration for improved sexual satisfaction. The surgical technique used depends on the desired outcome and the patient’s unique circumstances. To tighten the vagina, the plastic surgeon trims and dissects the fat tissue before repairing the supporting muscles. The surgeon also typically performs a hymen restoration procedure by piecing together the hymenal ring remnants making sure that they cover the vagina’s opening.